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Heritage trees of the Gold Coast

Heritage trees are an important part of the City’s streetscapes, landscapes and heritage places. They may be remnants of our past environment, special plantings to commemorate those lost during war, the result of historic city beautification programs and school arbour days or private plantings in historic gardens. Heritage trees are often outstanding examples of their kind and their age and size means that they are generally rare on the Gold Coast. These trees play an important role in understanding and appreciating the history and heritage of the City.

The Gold Coast Local Heritage Register protects a variety of heritage trees and other significant vegetation through provisions in the Queensland Heritage Act 1992. These trees are also noted on the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees. There are also trees on the Gold Coast which have been recognised as having State significance. These trees are entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

Cinnamomum camphora

The former Tallebudgera post office and its camphor laurel, Cinnamomum camphora. The 140 year old building and camphor laurel may be the oldest remaining pair of European built structure and planted tree on the Gold Coast. In the photo from the 1890s, the young camphor laurel can be clearly seen growing on the left hand side of the building.

Image of Cinnamomum camphora in front of former Tallebudgera post office. Click to enlarge
Image of former Tallebudgera post office in the 1890s

Source: City Libraries Local Studies Collection

Araucaria heterophylla

The fantastic Norfolk pines, Araucaria heterophylla, form an important and signature part of the landscape and vistas of Burleigh Heads.

Ficus macrophylla

The association with the first Tugun Hotel makes this large Moreton Bay fig tree, Ficus macrophylla, of historic importance.

 It now provides a well-known landmark as well as significant shading and cooling to this prime location.

Melaleuca quinquenervia

The magnificent mature trees of Carey Park in Southport have shaded residents and visitors to the Broadwater for over one hundred years.

This paperbark, Melaleuca quinquenervia, likely predates European settlement.

Plumeria alba

This gracious frangipani, Plumeria alba, grows adjacent to the first administration building of the Nerang Shire Council.

Euroschinus falcatus

This magnificent coastal rainforest tree the Ribbonwood, Euroschinus falcatus, grows within the grounds of the Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society. It is historically significant as a very rare example of the 120,000 year old coastal dune system and coastal rainforest community that could once be found on the Gold Coast’s coastal plain. This tree connects us to a landscape before European settlement.

More information

Further information about the heritage trees of the Gold Coast can be found in the listings of the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register. You can also find out more about Gold Coast history and heritage.

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